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  1. Hi everyone, I have read through these forums for years now trying to find a cure for my own acne. I’m a female, it’s started at 13-14 years old, I’m currently 28, cysts/whiteheads on chin and sometimes the jawline, daily break outs that never go away but definitely flares up at ovulation and week before period. I suspect I have insulin resistance and my acne is related to inflammation from sugar, bread, etc that then wreaks havoc on my insulin and other hormones. I have thought in the past that maybe I had PCOS, but my cycles are very regular and never any pain with periods or weight issues. Topicals don’t affect my acne at all. I've tried dermatologists, OTC treatments, peels, nothing helps topically. Coconut oil is the devil to my skin. Internal treatment is the key, but I’ve also tried everything from vitex, saw palmetto, inositol, chromium, magnesium, multivitamins, dairy free, digestive enzymes, alpha lipoic acid, gallbladder support, MSM, green tea, stinging nettle, moringa, niacin, reishi mushroom, burdock root, progesterone cream (reduces acne for a few weeks, but then got much worse), beta sitoserol, yeast cleanses, maca powder, l-glutamine, diatomaceous earth, vitamin c (i can feel inflammation reduced for a half a day and then by nighttime it’s flared back up again), zinc, NAC, wheatgrass powder, spearmint tea (did help reduce short term but stopped working), birth control (yaz helped the first time, it not the second time), DIM (still taking DIM because it notably helps cystic acne around jawline but I was still having horrible acne/whiteheads on chin), garlic (helps a lot actually but have to cut up at least 6 cloves day and drink with water and I wreaked of garlic all day every day), drinking more water (healthy, but didn’t affect my skin at all), exercise (once again healthy, but doesn’t change my skin), probiotics (helps a tiny bit outwardly but I still take for my gut), keto diet (a very STRICT keto diet cleared my skin up in 2 weeks, a relaxed keto diet reverts my skin right back to normal inflamed acne on chin within a day so it’s been very hard to maintain that lifestyle).... Now to MY Success. I say my success because I don’t know how many supplements and products I have tried because I read on this website that it cured someone else. Do your own research, but this has been the #1 combo supplement I have ever tried and my skin continues to get better. It's worth a try in my opinion. ***10,000 iu powder tablet form Vitamin D3 (must be powder tablet form, not oil) ***100-200 mcg Vitamin K2 (MK-7) About a month ago I was reading that if you take Vitamin D3 you must take vitamin k2 for absorption. I thought because I had taken vitamin d3 in the past, it didn’t work for my acne but I’ve never tried it with k2. Ya’ll. Over the past month my inflamed, reddened, pus filled skin that I had to wash and scrub every morning before work and cover up with loads of makeup has transformed into soft soft with only a few hyperpigmented areas here and there. My oily t-zone is gone, I dont have to touch up my powder midday, my hair is less oily. I could cry for how long I’ve searched for this and wanted skin that I don’t have to run to the bathroom in the morning and check the “damage” before I wanted my boyfriend (now husband) to see me. If you have acne acne that seems to be resistant to everything Iike one, please try this. The pic I posted is the brand and dosages I use that worked for me. You can order from amazon. I still take a few other supplements for other areas of my health, and I’m still always tying to work on my diet and being healthy internally. But not having to wake up in horror or feel totally guilt tripped from eating the wrong thing has changed my life. Going on month two right now and I’m so happy. Thought I would finally make an account and share my good news.
  2. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  3. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  4. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  5. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  6. 4 Basic causes of Acne (and some types of Rosacea) - make sure your dermatologist tests you to verify which type you have. The treatment for each type is completely different. Correct diagnosis of the cause is important to clear the skin condition. Demodex skin mites are the most under-diagnosed cause of acne and some types of rosacea for people of all ages. Some more enlightened dermatologists will test for the mites. Many old school dermatologists were taught in school, that the mites were harmless. As such many old schoolers don't believe that the mites can cause any problems and will not bother to test for them. In 2008 an opthalmologist developed Cliradex wipes for his patients with the eye conditions blepharitis demodex / ocular rosacea. Eye doctors began to notice that their patients whose eye lids were infested with demodex mites also had large blackheads and other related skin problems like acne and rosacea. 1. Bacterial infection - should respond to antibiotics (oral or topical) and other acne meds like benzoyl peroxide. 2. Fungal infection - antibiotics will not work. Need anti-fungal drugs 3. Mechanical Acne - caused by exposure to comedogenic chemicals in environment like oil from a restaurant fry cooker. 4. Demodex Skin Mites - microscopic mite that everyone over the age of 18 has. A normal, healthy immune system keeps the mites in check. Mites may get over infested when immune system is low due to illness or extreme stress. - MItes eat oil and may infest both skin and eye glands any where on the body with oil glands can be infested. - Symptoms may appear on one side of face or all of face and/or scalp, neck and body. - Pimples, papules, bumps, blackheads, whiteheads or general redness - May effect eyelids and eyebrows and cause eye redness, styes, and dry eyes including blepharitis demodex/ocular rosacea. - Symptoms may occur at any age - May cause redness like rosacea or not. - Mites live on a 14-24 day cycle and may appear "hormonal" due to their short cyclical life spans. - Pimples occur when the mites die off. - 2 kinds of demodex mites: - Demodex Brevis live in the oil glands and may cause deeper cysts. - Demodex follicularum live in the follicles - Standard bacterial or fungal acne medications are not effective, although they may clear some secondary infections that occur along with the mites. - 2 week combined treatment with prescription Oral Ivermectin and Oral Metronidazole has been shown to be highly effective at clearing. - Insurance copay on these drugs is cheap: $13.03 USD - Max full retail on the 2 generic drugs is about $52 USD - Treatment documented in the May 2013 Journal of Infectious Diseases reporting results on 120 patients with demodex skin mites. - Link to full journal paper here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S120197121201315X - Link to summary of journal paper here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23294870 - 2 week combined treatment: Using the more effective 2 drug combined treatment (from paper) based on body weight for the oral Ivermectin: 1. Two doses of oral Ivermectin one week apart. Each weekly dose is 200 micrograms Ivermectin per kilogram of body weight. My doctor rounded the dose up some since they tablets are 3 mg - that avoided having to break tablets. Worked out to 12 mg per dose for me. Take on an empty stomach with a large glass of water. 2. Oral Metronidazole, 250 mg. three times a day for two weeks. Do not drink alcohol while taking oral Metronidazole and for 72 hours after taking the last tablet. - Non-prescription treatments: - May help but will not get the mites out of the eye glands. - Borax (20 Mule Team Borax available in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores at $5.50 per box) - DIY Borax Shampoo / Face wash -> - Dissolve 1 Tablespoon Borax per cup of hot water - let cool and pour mix into clean shampoo bottle - Use in place of shampoo - let it stay on hair while showering, then rinse - NOTE: Does not lather but massage into scalp like shampoo - May also use to wash face. - DIY Bath Soak for body acne - In a standard 5 foot bathtub in pleasantly warm (not hot) water dissolve - Add 1 cup of Borax powder - Add 1 cup of Dr. Teal's Epsom Salts with moisturizing coconut oil - Swish water to dissolve and mix the 2 powders - Wash hair and face in mixture while soaking - Soak for 30 minutes, shower off after - Tea Tree oil face wash, tea tree oil moisturizer/ointment - Products with tea tree oil available from The Body Shop, Derma e, Desert Essence and others. - NOTE: External use only. Tea tree oil should never be used at 100% strength - it needs to be diluted to no more than a 50% solution or less. Most over the counter cleansers and moisturizers contain about 5-10% tea tree oil. - Cliradex Wipes - Good for cleaning eye lids also good for wiping down the face. Contains a 10% tea tree oil extract. Do not get the solution in the eyes - it burns. - Hypocholorous Spray - Natural substance made by the human body in response to scrapes and cuts. Kill mites especially in the juvenile stage. Very refreshing, does not burn. - Available over the counter from Heyedrate and Occusoft (both on Amazon). - Accutane/Roacutane is a dangerous choice to treat demodex skin mites - The mites eat oil. Accutane shuts down the oil glands which starves off some but not all of the mites - Accutane treatment takes months and has many dangerous side effects. - The 2 week combined treatment focuses directly on the mites and kills the mites off with less chance of side effects. - Many people seem to have rebounds of skin problems after their first use of Accutane
  7. A little background about me: I have had acne since 3rd or 4th grade, in high school I found out I was celiac, and that helped a lot. After high school I got my wisdom teeth out and and had to take an antibiotic which exploded my skin. I took medication for my acne, which was great, but it gave me period cramps so bad that I would throw up every month. DID NOT WANT TO LIVE LIKE THAT, so I stopped taking it. I was on a mostly vegan with some fish diet with lots of plant-based vitamin A, which worked to clear up MOST of my acne naturally. That was Spring 2018, but I still have acne on my chin and somewhat on my jawline. (Pretty sure this is due to hormones) I have been working to reduce toxins in my life. I have almost cramp-free periods (unless I have too much sugar during) My acne is significantly better! But... I still have new zits every day. Currently I am on a low-carb diet. (I probably eat too many walnuts.) I see improvements when I get at least 6 servings of vegetables. I have also limited my fruit intake, eliminated grains (considering adding quinoa back in), and I cut out dairy. & I am soy intolerant, so I avoid that. Most of my carbs come from sweet potatoes and berries, sometimes green apples, and of course vegetables. My skin is oily, yet also flaky where I have acne. I feel the least anxiety that I have felt in years. Something I have observed: My skin clears up when I visit the Blue Ridge Mountain region. I will also still eat what I want, yet my skin still improves! I normally live in Florida, and I have actually begun washing my face with filtered water (if I wash my face). Note: when I am in the mountains I continue to maintain a gluten free and mostly soy-free diet. I will sometimes eat dairy, even some sugar.
  8. Help Needed!

    Forums General acne discussion 2 replies

    Hello all, I am in desperate need of help and feel like I'm reaching the end of my tether with my skin. Started developing adult hormonal acne about 3 years ago which I have managed to control on oral antibiotics. However, now me and hubby are wanting to start a family and have been advised by the doc that I shouldn't take anything internally now due to effects on pregnancy. Since stopping the anti b's my skin has gone haywire and nothing I do has helped, the doctors are also out of ideas. Have tried benzoyl peroxide on and off for the last 6 months but my skin reacts horribly to this so have stopped. Please please please if anyone has any advise on topical treatments/skin care that has worked for them I would be so grateful, I've got to the point now where I've started cancelled plans with friends as I'm so self concious about my skin and wouldn't even dream of leaving the house without full make up. Thanks in advance Make up on in pics
  9. Hello. I am new here and I created an account to see if I could get some advice from people with experience with acne similar to mine. In the past, my acne wasn't as severe in the pictures (seen below) but it still bothered me then. Back then, my primary care doctor had me on birth control (Tri-Sprintec). I was on it twice. The first time was for 1 year, 26 days (12/20/2015 to 01/14/2017). The second time was 9 months, 8 days (2/12/2017 to 11/19/2017). It did help my acne then but over time I noticed I was developing varicose veins on my thighs so I stopped. Also, I wanted to try to cure my acne naturally (without the use of drugs). The varicose veins have faded away. Currently, my dermatologist recommends Retin-A (0.025%). He says my acne isn't severe enough for me to be on Accutane. I don't even want to go on Accutane because of how intense of a drug it is so I'm glad he doesn't recommend it for me. Should I get started with using Retin-A? My esthetician recommends a glycolic acid peel (30%). She uses Image Skin Care products. Should I go ahead and get the peel? I know these pictures aren't the most flattering or best quality but the lighting is decent enough. This is the worse my acne has ever been. I don't want to go back on any type of drugs as I stated earlier. Is this acne hormonal? It seems to become more intense as I get closer to my menstrual cycle. Lately, though it seems like it has become worse. It appears on the sides of my face, my jawline, and under my jaw. Is this acne cystic? It's red, deep, sometimes itchy, and sometimes sore to the touch. Is rosacea acne a thing? Sorry, this is so long. Thank you for reading. Any feedback is appreciated. Pictures:
  10. I’ve been trying everything to get rid of it. i’ve had these breakouts for a few months now and they never get bigger or smaller in size they just stay there no matter what products i try. i’ve been using glossier the solution, thayers witch hazel toner, clearsil face wash, the body shop tea tree oil daily solution ,and the ordinary rosehip seed oil. my dermatologist also prescribed me mino cycline 50mg twice a day and i’ve been on and off taking that for about a month (it makes me nauseous) and my skin seems to look the same. any suggestions of what i can do differently or what this may be caused by. its also worth mentioning i have hypothyroidism so it can very well be caused by that...i just want to know how i can make it go away. thank you so much
  11. So I have been using Murad’s sulfur mask since freshman year of college. It used to seem to help when I was on both birth control and antibiotics but I don’t notice a super big difference anymore in terms of helping with acne. Since I started using benzoyl peroxide I feel like the mask contributes to overdrying. Does anyone else feel like masks are pointless? What are your thoughts? I know people who do them every once in a while and others who do use them everyday. Since you wash them off does the amount of time they absorb into the skin for skin for even help?
  12. Hi all. i'm 18 and i have struggled with acne on and off since i was about 13 or so. i used proactiv (worst thing ever), and then when my insurance changed and the dermatologist was covered, i went. whatever they gave me worked almost instantly and it continued to work for about a year or two. my acne started to get worse when i was seventeen. i would get these huge, painful zits underneath my skin that would stay for weeks. i broke out mostly on my cheeks, chin. and forehead. my dermatologist suggested that i go on accutane, however i dis not think it was the best choice for me personally. i kept with whatever the dermatologist originally prescribed. after doing a lot of research, i decided to try to work from the inside out. i began taking a multivitamin with collagen, vitamin a, and other skin clearing properties, probiotics, vitamin d, and zinc. these vitamins all improved my skin overall, but it was still was not where i wanted it to be. at this time, my mom suggested that i go on the birth control pill before college, and as an added bonus, she said it helped with her acne as a teen/young adult. it didnt work overnight, but after being on the pill for several months (im on loryna) i saw great imporovement. other than birth control and vitamins, here are the skincare products i use and absolutely love: simple micellar water- makeup remover cerave renewing SA cleanser- face wash thayers rose petal witch hazel- toner rosehip seed oil (miracle for scars and hyperpigmentation and did not break me out!) vitamin e cream- moisturizer corsx pimple stickers- spot treatment, sucks all of the pus out of zits i also do face masks from time to time. my favorite is the indian healing clay. anyway, these are my tips on how to get clearer skin. it works very well for me, but everyone is diferent. i hope you all find what works for you...
  13. Help!! My skin has erupted in loads of spots whiteheads and cysts as well as loads of little bumps with lots of redness. I used to have isolated chin acne (it was no where else) Even my cheeks were super clear- I’ll put a before and after pic below (the before is from last year) I feel like I’ve tried absolutely everything from natural remedies to creams and topical treatments right now I’m using the neutragena clearing face wash and the Liz Earle moisturiser and toner and I occasionally use the Barnier pure active face mask. I feel like I’m at the point where I’ve probably wasted £100s on treatments and it just goes in a circle:I get slightly clear and then bam I’ve got spots everywhere again it’s so embarrassing. I’m going to be 19 soon and I feel like I have the skin of a 13 year old it’s really getting ready down. Please can anyone help???
  14. Hi guys I started the regimen nearly 3 years ago I had really bad skin that came out of nowhere all over my cheeks and chin it Took almost 9 months but I was completely clear didn’t get any spots and hardly wore make up. I still used the regimen but ran out for a while so didn’t use for about 6 months but stayed clear. I then started getting a few spots here and there so started it again about a year ago. I now keep getting spots on my chin mainly my right side they clear up really quickly but come back again I may have a few days complexly clear but always get another spot In few days. My cheeks and forehead are completely clear my forehead always has been. I am worried as when it started to get bad it started with the chin and then went to the cheeks. Has the regimen stopped working? Do I need to use more BP? I’ve only ever used a pea size amount and it got me clear when I tried using more I broke out before. I use cetaphil cleanser and simple moisturiser I only moisturise in the morning and this routine is what got me clear to start with. I have noticed the i have a off day and forget I cleanse or use the treatment I will break out but I have not done that in the last few week. Any advice. Pls ??
  15. Hey, I’m 14 years old supposedly struggling with hormonal acne. I’ve got spots and blackheads on my forehead, acne scars on my cheeks, whiteheads and blackheads on my nose and clogged pores pretty much everywhere. I’ve considered using AHA and BHA peels by The Ordinary as I’ve heard chemical peels really benefit your skin. I was wondering if they really work or if they make things worse. Has anyone tried chemical peels or are there alternatives?
  16. I was in a severe auto accident a year and a half ago. I have a TBI that included damage to my thalamus. I've had clear skin all my life, now at 23 I'm having severe acne. Dermatologist put me on doxycycline, epi duo forte, benzoyl peroxide, nothing is working, it has only been about 3 weeks. I just don't see it getting better. the acne is covering my forehead and the sides of my face, not my t zone at all. The dermatologist said I had too much androgen. About 5 days ago I started Yaz bc, hoping that may help. In a week I go see an endocrinologist hoping he may have some answers. Understand if this was a few zits I'd just deal with it, but it's like 50, and it seems like more everyday..I'm embarrassed to be seen in public. Wondering if anyone else had a brain injury and then dealt with haywire hormones. Thanks!
  17. hi there! I’m new in the forum so please forgive me if this is not the right place to post this. I mainly made an account to meet people going through the same problem I’m facing, and maybe finding a bit of hope for when the acne demon brings me down. I’m 27 yo and I’ve been struggling with cystic acne since I was 16. Back then my dermatologist prescribed me Accutane after every topical and antibiotic treatment failed, and I took it for 1 year. I was also indicated to take Diane for birth control, but since I was not sexually active and the bcp caused me a lot of awful side effects, I dropped it after a few months. My skin finally cleared up, leaving me awful boxcar scars that have haunted me ever since and never went away even after trying with creams, peels and many intense pulsed light sessions. However, 3 years later the acne came back, and before it made a disaster like the first time, I immediately visited my dermatologist who once again prescribed me Accutane but this time in a lower dose, and along with it I started Yasmin and regular peelings for the damage. The problem was under control, with occasional pimples coming out but nothing to worry about. After I finished this second round of Accutane, I continued with Yasmin for another 7 years, until I made the big mistake of leaving them. After 4 months free of bcp, my acne came back with big painful cysts. The last 5 months that passed I’ve visited 3 different dermatologists and went through many different topical treatments and a round of tetraciclines with no success, if anything my acne got worst. I was determined not to take Accutane again, so I started reading a lot online and found out that my problem could be hormonal, so I visited another dermatologist with the purpose of asking for an hormonal blood test, which I made and the results confirmed what I was suspecting: the damn hormones were the root cause of my big acne problem. So she prescribed me Spironolactone, starting with 25 mg, increased to 50 mg after one month and finally 100 mg which I started 3 weeks ago. Since I was not seeing any results with spiro alone, and since I am very impatient, I asked my gynecologist to prescribe me bcp again. So I started taking Yaz 3 weeks ago along with the spiro. I was told by many physicians that spiro was safe to take for young healthy women, so I only take the precaution of drinking plenty of water, reducing potassium intake, and will have my blood tested in a few months. So far the side effects of it are nearly to none, other than occasional tiredness. I was vegetarian already, but I decided to quit dairy (almost completely), reduced significantly my sugar and carbohidrates intake, and started eating more atioxidant vegetables. So far I have not seen any results. Nothing seemed to have helped. I have currently 5 cysts, 2 in my cheeks and 3 in my neck/jawline, and many red pimples. I read all about skin care routine, so I recently started cleansing my skin twice daily with jojoba oil, effaclar gel, a bha/aha toner, tea tree oil, non comedogenic moisturizer for my dry skin, and at night I alternate Salycilic acid 6% with Benzoyl Peroxide. This last one caused flaking and much dryness in my skin so I barely use it. I confess that I am obsessed with my acne. I don’t want to go through the nightmare I lived when I was a teenager again, I am 27 yo and never imagined I would have to go through this again. I am mostly worried about the scarring, because the first time I had cystic acne it ruined my skin. I know I have to be patient, that spiro and Yaz take at least 3 months to show results, but I can’t avoid to feel anxious and get mad everytime I see my face in the mirror. So... has anyone gone through something similar? Do you have any advice? My dermatologist recommended me 2 sessions of IPL for the red marks and then starting a treatment with glycolic acid + hydroquinone for the scars, does anyone know if it works? Thanks for reading xx
  18. I’ve been using African black soap for a month now too. When can I expect to see results if it works?
  19. It has been 15 days that I have been on Doxycycline and topical retinoid treatment. My dermatologist wants me to continue Doxycycline for another 15 days and then start Accutane. My gynecologist has prescribed me Diane35 for hormonal treatment. Can I intake Accutane and Diane35 at the same time?
  20. So, I was on accutane for about a year. I took it in 2015 and ended towards the summer of 2016. I don’t remember the transition of dosages but I believe I went up to either 60 mg or 80 mg. For the past two years, my skin has been clear. Occasionally, maybe once or twice a week, I’d get 1-2 little dots on my face. For the the past two weeks, I’ve had heavier breakouts. I was not on my period when this began and I still am not. This was my skin two weeks ago:And here was my acne prior to accutane: Lastly, I’m going to post my skin at the moment. While it seems to be drying up, I have a new little red dot or small pimple on my face everyday for the past two weeks. Ive been washing my face twice a day and don’t know why this is happening. I’m worried sick and may consider seeing the dermatologist again. I know there is no cure for acne but I hope the accutane assisted with my skin not coming back to what it was. The newest pimple is the one that appeared on my chin last night:
  21. Roaccutane journal 10mg /day I am 24, female, and have been struggling with chin/jawline acne. This is a week by week journal of my skin while on 10mg/day roaccutane. I am currently 3 months in and will update as I progress. Week 1 (ending 9/6/18): Slight lip dryness (dry from winter anyway-not sure if this is a side effect) No new breakouts Still lots of existing congestion under skin around chin area (large cystic as well as little bumps) Week 2: (ending 16/6/18): Around 4-5 new whiteheads on chin Lips getting a little drier than they usually do in winter Skin a little drier than usual One new cystic pimple on chin Existing congestion still there Week 3: (ending 23/6/18) Whole chin/jawline breaking out. Looks awful, sore to touch Lips a little dry Week 4: ( ending 30/6/18) 3 new pimples Still lots of existing congestion and redness Lips a little dry Week 5: (ending 7/7/18) Exactly the same as week 4 Week 6: (ending 14/7/18) 2 new pimples on chin Skin a little dry A few nose bleeds Lips quite dry Still lots of congestion under skin Week 7: (ending 21/7/18) Congestion under skin Lips dry 2 new pimples Week 8: (ending 28/7/18) Dermatologist appointment, staying on 10mg/day I told derm I hadn’t noticed any improvement yet she said it’s still too early and to be patient 2 pimples from last week still here 3 new pimples Congestion Dry lips Week 9: (ending 4/8/18) 6 pimples Some congestion still Lips cracked and bled on their own for the first time Skin dry but manageable with constant moisturising Week 10:(ending 11/8/18) 5 new pimples Lips very dry white and flaky Pimples went down by Thursday Noticeably less congestion this week (from what I can feel when washing my face) Still have redness on chin area Week 11: (ending 18/8/18) One pimple on forehead Almost no congestion under skin 2 tiny whiteheads on chin that I popped Week 12: (ending 25/8/18) Almost no congestion under skin No active pimples so far Week 13: One breakout on chin week 18: no breakouts since week 13!
  22. Hey guys! I am in need of some help with my hormonal acne. For the past year or so I have had consistent hormonal acne on my chin, specifically on the left side. I have comedones, blackheads, white heads, dry skin, and redness in that area specifically, with some small instances on the middle of my chin and left side. Occasionally also on my forehead and nose. While I’ve always had acne, I’ve never really struggled until I got the Kyleena progesterone IUD. Since then it’s been non stop mini breakouts, including my first ever cyst (which is still going strong) and my first ever acne scars. Hasn’t been a nice experience, and it’s really messing with my confidence honestly. I really need help with what to do to help it out. What to eat or not eat, vitamins to use, and product ideas. I currently do consume a lot of coffee/caffeine and also a lot of dairy. Should I cut those out, and if I do how long should I wait to see if that’s my problem. My skin routine is thus: Morning - wash face with spin for perfect spin brush (regular head) and green beaver green tea citrus wash. Then apply skin cuticles blemish and age defense to breakouts as a spot treatment. Then apply the ordinary’s niacinimide treatment to whole face. Let dry and apply dr. Haushkas quince day cream. Do not apply a sunscreen, because I am afraid it will mess with my sensitive skin. Nighttime - wash face with spin for perfect skin brush and green beaver green tea citrus wash with spin for perfect skin (regular head), apply the ordinary’s niacinimide serum, then apply benzagel 5 on breakouts (on 2 nights one night don’t apply) and then dr. Haushckas quince day cream again. I also sometimes use corsx acne master patches over night on breakouts. While these have been working, I still need that something to get rid of this stubborn acne on my chin. Looking for product recommendations, things to try or take out of my routine. Or is my routine fine and I just need to change my eating habits??? Any and all advice is welcome! TLDR; looking for routine/life advice on stubborn hormonal chin acne, for fixed and prevention. Side note, please rate my acne!!
  23. Hey guys. So I have mild acne here and there, usually triggered by eating habits but lately I have not been having anything out of the ordinary.. no extra sugar or sodium. I’ve had dairy products sparingly but that’s it. I notice thought, that I frequently (every week or so) get breakouts of a cluster of white heads(?) around my mouth and on my cheek. They’re the type that if I was to scratch it lightly it would pop but they also sting a bit if I exfoliate over them. They usually go away within a week but I’m getting super frustrated. If anyone can offer any insight I’d be super happy.
  24. Hi I was put on Ocella (the generic form of Yasmine) around 6 weeks ago. A little background on my skin - I have suffered acne for around 5 years, with extreme progress on retinoids. I do however notice that I am extremely oily and have pretty bad breakouts around my period. As a result, I am taking Yasmin. This past month and a half has not been good. First month was okay, but I had horrid breakout right before my period. The second month, my skin has been getting more oily and I have been breaking out in more whiteheads and cysts (especially in areas that I normally breakout before my period). I just want to know if this is consistent with anyone else's story? Will it work for me? I leave for college in 6 weeks, and I am terrified. Thank you!
  25. Yasmin is making me oily?

    Forums Hormonal acne 2 replies

    I'm on Ocella (generic form of Yasmin) and have been taking it for the past 6 weeks in an attempt to clear up my period breakouts. I've noticed that in month 2 my skin has gotten a lot more oily, resulting in white heads, clogged pores, and a few cysts of week. I am aware I need to wait it out- but has this happened to anyone before? I knew my skin would get worse, but I didn't think it could get even more oily!